Prosperity Summit Sneak Preview: Focusing on the How

The 2018 Prosperity Summit (formerly the Assets Learning Conference) is now less than four months away. We’re getting more and more excited (and we hope you are too!) about what’s in store. This month, we’re offering the next installment in our series of “Summit Sneak Previews.” (Last month, we previewed an upcoming clinic on multi-sector collaboration to simultaneously improve health and wealth outcomes.)

As always, the Summit will be rich with opportunities to learn about the latest ideas, best practices, and most powerful strategies to build pathways to prosperity. This year, you’ll see a special focus on how that work gets done—and how our field builds muscle to be even more effective practitioners, partners, evaluators, communicators and fundraisers. We’ll be covering questions like:

How can I better measure the difference my organization is making? We’ll dive into this question during a three-hour, in-depth Clinic that will cover a number of different topics related to data collection and the challenges organizations face when evaluating their work, including using and scoring data collection scales; choosing the right outcomes to measure; selecting data management software; collecting longitudinal or follow-up data; and more.

How do I get the word out about the impact we’re having? It’s great to make a difference—and it’s even better to let the whole world know about it—so we’re planning several concurrent sessions on turning up the volume on your work. For instance, “How Do You Talk About What You Do?” will examine how good data collection allows you to better tell your story, and share proven communications strategies for weaving your data into a compelling narrative for stakeholders. For a next-level conversation, join our session on narrative change, where you’ll hear from a cadre of communications experts with experience in shifting broader public narratives around poverty, class, racial equity and social justice.

I know collaboration is more important than ever . . . but it can be complex. How are other organizations doing this well? We’re anticipating a powerful dialogue in our concurrent session on “Exploring Strategies to Succeed in Nonprofit Collaboration in the Context of the Racial Wealth Divide.” This workshop will frame out the current racial economic inequality environment and dig deep into why collaboration, especially across racial lines, is so important—particularly in today’s social and political climate—to get to the outcomes we all want to produce for our communities and clients. 

One of the hardest things I do is raise money, especially for our coalition and advocacy work. Got any tips? We’re pulling together a group of local and national experts for a special session where they’ll share their best thinking (and workshop your questions) on fundraising basics, leveraging partnerships, and more.

Stay tuned for more details on these and dozens of other sessions at the Prosperity Summit. Early Bird registration ends June 8, so secure your space now to score a discount!

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